I had a summit at an East Village bar last night with two members of the SportsAngle brain trust Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Frank Pepe of Trumbull Island and Mr. Han, the self-appointed U.S. ambassador to Iceland Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and our conversation of course veered toward the Summer of LeBron.
With the baseball playoffs fast approaching and the football season in full swing, it still seems that LeBron James is everywhere. You have books on the market, movies on the way, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s at the Cowboys game, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on the Daily Show. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even open your front door without LeBron being there selling you Nikes and clapping some chalk in the air.
Jay-Z and 9/11 have always been linked. The typical Tuesday drop of his first Blueprint CD Ã¢â‚¬â€œ generally regarded as his best work Ã¢â‚¬â€œ was Sept. 11, 2001, and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spent the time since doing benefit concerts and donating to relief funds, something IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always appreciated.
Jay dropped the Blueprint 3 album this past Tuesday, pushed up from Sept. 11 (today) because of leaks. Or at least thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s his story; itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more likely he wanted a full week to sell CDs to pump up his sales numbers. Regardless, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s obviously trying to recreate the magic of the first one with the release date, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cool by me.